Monday, September 5, 2022

Music History Today: September 5, 2022

September 5, 1981: Stevie Nicks went to Number 1 on the US album chart with Bella Donna.

Though Stevie Nicks begin recording Bella Donna in the waning days of 1980, the seeds for her debut solo album were planted years before.

Stevie Nicks Bella Donna art
Stevie Nicks
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Nicks wrote a handful of the songs before joining Fleetwood Mac in early 1975 and others throughout her first few years with the band. 
Read more: Albumism

September 5, 1946: Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar; a set of islands off the coast of Africa.

The Bulsara family moved to Middlesex in 1964 and from there Freddie joined up with a blues band called Wreckage.

Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury

While singing for Wreckage, a fellow student introduced Freddie to Roger Taylor and Brian May, founder members of a band called Smile. Smile metamorphosed into Queen when Freddie joined Roger and Brian as the lead vocalist. 
Read more: Freddie Mercury

September 5,1964: Manfred Mann entered the US chart at Number 58 with "Do-Wah-Diddy-Diddy."

The songwriting team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich were looking to recreate the gibberish gold they struck on The Crystals hit "Da Doo Ron Ron" and settled on "Do Wah Diddy." They thought it another girl group hit. 
Read more: Songfacts

September 5, 1970: Janis Joplin started recording sessions recording a version of "Me and Bobby McGee."

"Me and Bobby McGee" was written by Kris Kristofferson.

Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin

Kristofferson would become a successful solo artist and appear in several movies, but it was Janis Joplin's hit cover of this song that brought his career to the next level.  
Read more: Songfacts

September 5, 1987: Billy Idol's cover of Tommy James and the Shondells "Mony, Mony" starts up Billboard's chart. When it reaches the top, it will knock off another Tommy James cover: Tiffany with "I Thnk We're Alone Now."

Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty

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